July 4, 2016
Baseball wasn’t supposed to be a game of life and death…
The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was seventeen. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase … he started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil.
I tried to stay away. I couldn’t.
Then, the team started losing.
Women started dying.
And everything in my perfect world broke apart.
Alessandra Torre sure knows how to throw a curveball…..
In full disclosure, this is my first Alessandra Torre book. I wasn’t sure what to expect but since I love sports, I grew up as a tomboy playing with the boys, I was attracted by the cover of Moonshot. As I started into the book I just assumed it would be a stereotypical steamy romance with a sport setting
[swing and a miss on my part!]
This book is a great behind the scenes look at baseball with great characters that come alive in the easy reading, yet wonderfully expressive writing style of the author. I was just getting comfortable in where I thought the story was taking me when I got to the part where eighteen year old Ty (Tyler) starts making typical teenager decisions; irrational, emotional, and risky. Even though her attraction to Chase, the star baseball player she has worshiped for years because of his batting average and glove, is beyond a simple childhood crush and he is just a strongly drawn to her, I actually became anxious as unexpected events started to unfold. Let me tell you, it’s so much easier emotionally to read cookie cutter stories! Again, this is not what I expected from Moonshot!
Jump ahead a few years, Ty and Chase were torn from each other without explanation or goodbye. Both living hollow lives without the other. I was just starting to adjust to the thought of Ty living with the consequences of her decisions when the underlying mystery, that is the core of the book, really started to unfold. All along Alessandra had been laying clues that I noticed, but didn’t understand why they were in the story. Once the proverbial ball started rolling down the hill, the thriller/intrigue of the book picked up and I was hit with the OMG, what just happened moment! I never saw the ending coming. It completely caught me off guard!
I needed to metaphorically sit down anyway!
If writing was really a game of baseball,Alessandra Torres would be a great closer! This book has power, substance and an awesome curveball! Do you want to know what happened to Ty and Chase? You’ll have to read it for yourself!! My only caveat; this is one of those books that would be worth reading on a night or day to yourself. You will not want to put in down once you start and you will be irritated by interruptions!
Tanya’s love for books has been a lifelong passion that she likes sharing with others. Reading is also the thing that relaxes her after a day of juggling the many responsibilities that come with being being wife to an amazing man, mother to four great kids spread around the world, business manager, and farm hand on their place in southwest Missouri; home to Akaushi cattle and a menagerie of pygmy goats, horses, chickens, dogs and cats.